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Mark Gardner (baseball)

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Mark Gardner
Mark Gardner 2008.jpeg
Gardner with the San Francisco Giants
Pitcher
Born: (1962-03-01) March 1, 1962 (age 58)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 16, 1989, for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
October 7, 2001, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record99–93
Earned run average4.56
Strikeouts1,256
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Mark Allan Gardner (born March 1, 1962) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched for the Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, Florida Marlins and San Francisco Giants and also coached for the Giants.

Playing career

Gardner pitched in the Major Leagues from 1989 to 2001 for the Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, Florida Marlins, and the Giants. In his career, Gardner pitched in 345 games, posting a record of 99–93 and a 4.56 ERA. He appeared in 275 of his 345 career games as a starter. Gardner was also used as a long reliever and spot starter during the final years of his career. On July 26, 1991, Gardner no hit the Dodgers for nine innings but gave up two hits to start the bottom of the 10th (Jeff Fassero gave up the game-winning hit to Darryl Strawberry, the very next batter, but Gardner took the loss) and lost 1–0. [1][2] Two nights later, his teammate Dennis Martinez threw a perfect game against the Dodgers.

On September 3, 1995, Gardner notched his only save in the major leagues. He pitched the bottom of the 11th for the Marlins to nail down an 8-7 victory over the Astros. [3]

Gardner played the last six seasons of his career with the Giants. He shared the 2001 Willie Mac Award with Benito Santiago, which recognized each of their spirit and leadership.

Coaching career

One season after retiring, Gardner became the Giants' bullpen coach in 2003. He remained in the position until 2017 and was a member of three World Series championship teams.

Personal

Gardner attended Clovis High School in Clovis, California and California State University, Fresno, where he met his wife, Lori Gardner, an All-American softball pitcher. He and Lori have 2 sons. Lori Gardner struggled with liver cancer for several years during her husband's tenure with the Giants before dying from the disease in 2003. The Gardner family remains active in the Donate Life America organization.

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